I got to thinking (uh oh).
What if the Kings problem has nothing to do with a lack of scoring? What if it has everything to do with a lack of fortitude? What if the Kings, under the weight of expectation, can’t handle the truth?
And the truth is, this team buckles under adversity. I’ll leave the why to others, but here’s the how…
If you take a look at the current standings, the Kings effectively sit in 9th place -a full 1/3 of the way through this season. With 3 games in hand and just one point separating them, the Sharks are sure to overtake us soon.
If you look further up in the standings – in fact all the way up – you’ll find the Minnesota Wild sitting nicely in 1st place… you know, the team we play tomorrow. And the team we beat decidedly about a month ago, handing them one of their league-low 7 losses.
So then, how on Mikus’ white ice, are these numbers possible?
The Wild have 61 goals against. So do the Kings.
The Wild rank 3rd in average goals against. The Kings rank 4th.
Pretty even, right? Let’s continue…
The Wild have scored 67 goals this year. The Kings? 61.
The Kings are dead last in average goals per game. The Wild? Not too much better at 25th.
The tale of the tape comes next…
The Kings, when falling behind first, have won only 3 games.
The Wild, when trailing first, have won 12 -count ‘em- 12 games!
It’s a bit ironic they can’t count their game against the Kings as one of them. But then again, there’s tomorrow night.
mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, or lack of scoring. used in a sentence: “Never once did the Wild’s fortitude waver when down a goal.”
As I said, I’ll leave the why to others (I have some ideas though). But the bottom of the bottom line is that the Wild, despite abysmal scoring of their own, have found ways to win games and find themselves in a position where they know, as a team, they can overcome adversity and succeed in-spite of it.
The Kings, regardless of scoring and regardless of all the talk of having many chances and “good looks” and shots on net and traffic and on and on and on don’t seem to realize their poor start to this not-so-young season lies not on their sticks or systems but in their skulls.